Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
×

:iconsporeredland: More from SporeRedland


More from deviantART



Details

Submitted on
December 20, 2011
File Size
6.7 KB
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
439
Favourites
14 (who?)
Comments
13
Downloads
6
×
The intent of this exercise is for the character to react to each situation in a manner unique to who they are, or at least to who you have created them to be.  Some of these situations are similar, I will admit, but they should prove different enough to help understand the thoughts and actions of characters in their dialogue from their perspective.

Some things to avoid:

Yelling "You B#####d!" any time a disadvantageous situation appears.
The plain-face "Well s##t" remark gets old very, very quickly, and says almost nothing about the character.
Use of "Tch" or "Heh" to represent a tough guy should be sparing, at best.  Watch Eastwood.  The man hardly says anything at all.
Monologues are almost always unnatural.  When was the last time you received a full lecture about how life works and how views are emotionally charged from someone who can't possibly have more of a hold on it all than you?  Never.  And yet, it happens in OC dialogue and in OCTs a lot.  Again though, it tells me nothing about the character, just a bushel-full about the artist.

---

TEMPLATE

You are asked to assassinate a local politician known for tax corruption

Sparky, your family dog, is lost in the Forest of Death

Your childhood friend sells you out to the guards in exchange for an audience with the mayor's daughter

You need the key to save your betrothed, but taking it releases a powerful demon on the populace

You are asked to set sail with strangers to foreign lands

The new kid at work keeps spilling drinks, and you know him

A stranger offers you a ride along the road

An elected official insults your way/views of life

A mysterious stone falls from space not far from where you live

Your country goes to war

You get out of hand at a party and get thrown out

Someone steals from you

You see the one who tried to kill your sibling

An attractive member of the opposite sex is flirting with you in public

A great and evil beast rises up before you

It's the big day and you don't have the right clothes

You know both sides of the argument, but can only pick one

A precious family heirloom has gone missing, and you are the prime suspect

---

Sól Vonamor

You are asked to assassinate a local politician known for tax corruption

No.  Your desired course of action will only cause more pain to God's servants.  I shall speak with the man to make matters right.

Sparky, your family dog, is lost in the Forest of Death

No being on God's earth should ever suffer the torment of that woods.  I shall return with our canine.

Your childhood friend sells you out to the guards in exchange for an audience with the mayor's daughter

This pain of custody is nothing that I cannot endure.  I have faith that this decision will bear a greater fruit than I currently see.

You need the key to save your betrothed, but taking it releases a powerful demon on the populace

God braces us with mortality to realize our brief purpose on this earth.  May this bond unite us chaste in the next life.

You are asked to set sail with strangers to foreign lands

I am not one to keep company with uncouth sailors.  Clean your raiments and your language and maybe I shall reconsider.

The new kid at work keeps spilling drinks, and you know him

Rest easy, my brother.  There is no need for nerves when God may still the bones.  Carry not the favor of these men, but of God.

A stranger offers you a ride along the road

I thank you, kind sir, but I must decline.  I endeavor someday to repay this kindness, nonetheless.

An elected official insults your way/views of life

You dare insult the sanctified hall of the Lord?  Sir, I restrain my hand, but only He knows if His will share in the restraint.

A mysterious stone falls from space not far from where you live

My word, I wonder as to its origin?  A solitary star cast from the heavens, no doubt.  Another angel in the ill-will of the Lord.

Your country goes to war

Bloodshed for mere territorial gains is a worthless venture.  The price in human life exceeds one million times what ought to be payed in marks.

You get out of hand at a party and get thrown out

This... this is simply unacceptable!  I demand to return to the epicenter of this house of revelry and sin!

Someone steals from you

The possessions of a crusader are the same as those around him.  He shares with the people as the people share with him.

You see the one who tried to kill your sibling

It is not my place to judge the extent of one's crime, but God's.  I am His tool, His messenger, to parley with you one last time before the final judgment.

An attractive member of the opposite sex is flirting with you in public

I... ma'am, it is simply unfitting for a crusader to embark in any form of love.  Without chastity, he is weakened to common sin.

A great and evil beast rises up before you

Know that you stand before a crusader of God and messenger of HIs will.  Servant of Satan, the righteous shall cast you back to the fires.

It's the big day and you don't have the right clothes

I have long yearned for the day of my acceptance to the Templar.  Though I never dreamed it to be this soon.  Without the proper raiment, I may come forth only in the cloth of God.

You know both sides of the argument, but can only pick one

Both are right, and none can truly be called wrong in earnest judgment.  I ask then that you pray to God for guidance, that He may decipher the outcome.

A precious family heirloom has gone missing, and you are the prime suspect

I assure you, commission of such an act defies the very statute upon which my order was founded.
The Purpose
This exercise/meme (for repeatability) was created as a way for me to test how my characters would react under certain circumstances to certain situations. It is my way of getting inside the heads of my characters to better understand why they do what they do and why they may make choices that seem to conflict with who they are without actually doing so. It's complicated. Thus, why I have created this.
The blank template takes up the top portion of this; if you wish to use it (feel free to, as the idea is hardly mine alone) and the bottom portion contains a few of my character tests.

Games Teach Character
This full idea was prompted by my play-through in "Skyrim". Basically, I want to create a character based off of Perrin Aybara, one of the lead protagonists in Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" series. Working strictly in an RP sense, I had to ask myself, "What would Perrin do?" in each situation where I had to make a choice. A lot of the time, it wasn't what I would consider the best option either in my opinion or for game progression. However, I did not wish to break character and lose the point of my exercise.
While I have tried to do this before in "Fallout: New Vegas", "Dragon Age: Origins", and "Fable", but each feel flat in the pursuit of achievements or better ends in the game. This was no fault of the games. This was my failing, and I aim to rectify it before seriously shooting out into my own fiction writing. I must be one with the character I have created.

Thank you for reading through this mess (or more likely for skipping to the end) and I hope that you find this exercise helpful.

I guess you could technically class this as fiction...
Add a Comment:
 
:iconginger-seat:
Did it. It was fun. :) [link]
Reply
:iconsporeredland:
SporeRedland Jul 10, 2012  Student Writer
Cool. :)
Reply
:iconginger-seat:
Do I have to speak only, or can I do such things as: *Runs away*?
Reply
:iconsporeredland:
SporeRedland Jul 10, 2012  Student Writer
Sure. It's just meant to be used as a template so really you can do whatever you want with it. :)
Reply
:iconsugarspaz14:
sugarspaz14 Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I used this! Thanks! [link]
Reply
:iconsporeredland:
SporeRedland Mar 20, 2012  Student Writer
I have been useful! :D
Reply
:iconsugarspaz14:
sugarspaz14 Mar 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Indeed! =3
Reply
:iconkonikaa:
Konikaa Dec 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is cool, great advice at the beginning :)
I feel like these topics could make for a good series of short stories.
Reply
:iconsporeredland:
SporeRedland Dec 21, 2011  Student Writer
Thank you, and thanks for adding it as well. :)

(most of the examples were fairly general, but a few were taken from games or stories I have had experience with)
Reply
Add a Comment: